The decision to award race drama 12 Years a Slave the 2014 Oscar for best film was unpopular among supporters of America’s Republican party, according to a new study.
Only 15% of participants who identified as Republican voters said they felt the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had made the right choice for the annual awards ceremony’s top prize. The figure compared to 53% of Democratic party supporters who said Steve McQueen’s slavery biopic, which also won best adapted screenplay (for John Ridley) and best supporting actress (for Lupita Nyong’o), deserved its success. Overall, 52% of respondents told Public Policy Polling they were not sure which film should have won.
The survey of 1,152 registered voters, which was carried out online and via the telephone, suggests attitudes towards 12 Years a Slave’s harrowing depiction of the realities of slavery in the antebellum deep south are divided sharply on political lines.
12 Years a Slave was not feted by the Obama administration in the run up to the Oscars. The president chose instead to praise another film with a civil rights theme, Lee Daniels’ The Butler. A White House screening was also staged for the Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Watergate’s John Dean thinks Trump wrote part of his legal team’s brief — because it’s so terrible
Former White House counsel for Richard Nixon, John Dean, explained that the legal brief out of President Donald Trump's White House was so bad that it had to have been dictated by Trump himself.
Saturday evening, Trump's legal team, chaired by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, filed their own form of a legal brief that responded to the case filed by Democrats ahead of Tuesday's impeachment trial.
The document called the proceedings “constitutionally invalid” and claims House Democrats are staging a “dangerous attack” with a “brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election.”
WATCH: Prince Harry explains why he and Meghan are leaving the royal family — but promises ‘a life of service’
Prince Harry posted a video from an HIV/AIDS fundraiser his mother once supported, where he explained his methodology for leaving his profile role as a royal.
"I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear," said Harry.
He went on to say that he doesn't intend to walk away and he certainly won't walk away from his causes and interests. "We intend to live a life of service."
In the speech, he thanked those who took him under their wing in the absence of his mother
"I hope you can understand that it's what it had come to," he said for why their family intends to step back.
‘You cannot expect anything but fascism’: Pedagogy theorist on how Trump ‘legitimated a culture of lying, cruelty and a collapse of social responsibility’
The impeachment of Donald Trump appears to be a crisis without a history, at least a history that illuminates, not just comparisons with other presidential impeachments, but a history that provides historical lessons regarding its relationship to a previous age of tyranny that ushered in horrors associated with a fascist politics in the 1930s. In the age of Trump, history is now used to divert and elude the most serious questions to be raised about the impeachment crisis. The legacy of earlier presidential impeachments, which include Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, provide a comparative historical context for analysis and criticism. And while Trump’s impeachment is often defined as a more serious constitutional crisis given his attempt to use the power of the presidency to advance his personal political agenda, it is a crisis that willfully ignores the conditions that gave rise to Trump’s presidency along with its recurring pattern of authoritarian behavior, policies, and practices. One result is that the impeachment process with its abundance of political theater and insipid media coverage treats Trump’s crimes as the endpoint of an abuse of power and an illegal act, rather than as a political action that is symptomatic of a long legacy of conditions that have led to the United States’ slide into the abyss of authoritarianism.